This blog is mainly taken from my Great Grandfather's diary. In 2012 we are in the year 1915, after completing 1916 in 2010 and 1927 in 2011. 1915 is the year that my Great Uncle Norman was born. 1927 is the year that my Great Uncle Roger, was born. 1916 was the year that my grandmother, Annah Lee was born.

My Great-Grandfather's name was Bonnie Elmore and he worked as a clerk or secretary for the old Norfolk & Western Railroad, based in Roanoke, VA. Mary is his wife. Norman is their first born son. The Raines are Mary's parents. Skin is Bonnie's brother along with Jake.

Bonnie's work associates and friends are also mentioned quite a bit. Bonnie does a great job of blending everyday life in 1915 with the mention of some world and USA history as well. I do know from a quick glance ahead that 1915 is going to be quite different as Bonnie did not write quite as much.

After Bonnie's diary entry, I will occasionally make comments, maybe tell a little about life in 2012, possibly some current events, and some musing about the Christian faith.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bush-Flora Shoes

On Friday, April 23, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Raining. Talked to Bill Bedinger. Mr. Raitt went on No. 3 to Cincinnati. Went down to Mrs. Raines at night and stayed until 9 o'clock.

On Saturday, April 24, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Mr. Schick came in off the line. Rolled the baby up to Aunt Duck's Went to the "American" Theater tonight. Took bath and shaved. Weighed 124.5 lbs. Mary 125 lbs.

On Sunday, April 25, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Arose 9:30 a.m. Went to church. Came by the Hoffie Co. with Steffey. Met Nash Hundley. Appointment with Howard Fisher. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines'.

On Monday, April 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Ate dinner at Restaurant. Went to moving picture show "Bijou". Worked hard today - feeling depressed and tired. Mary Carwild and little Mary Carrell were up home tonight with Mrs. Raines. Shaved.

On Tuesday, April 27, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Wrote Lena a letter. Got a letter from Skin. Went to see Cawley-Campbell Co. to have bill of furntiture checked up. Went to shoe store of Messrs. Bush-Flora for a pair of slippers.

On Wednesday, April 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very Hot. Wrote to Skin. Sent him a box of stationary. Mr. Schick left. Went up street at night and met Steffey. Played "The Holy City".  Beautiful Monlight night.

On Thursday, April 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot. Sprinkiling rain. Shaved at noon. Indexed and filed. Went down to Mrs. Raines at night. Cool winds at night.

It was neat to read about the Bush-Flora shoe store.  That is/was a shoe store that had been around Roanoke for a very long time.  I remember it being around.  It may not still be open today but it was at least around since 1915 through the 80's or 90's. We have had a busy week and weekend.  We work Bingo tonight as fundraiser for Boys soccer at William Byrd.  It will be a long night.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Flour Mill Fire

On Friday, April 16, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty day - Cloudy. Shaved. Wrote up contract - work. Got a letter from Jake. Mr. Hurst gave Norman a pacifier. Sent Momma some papers. Went to "Paramount". 

On Saturday, April 17, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Jess was down home and ate dinner with us. I shaved and took a bath. Went up home with Jess and got pants to send to Jake. Walked back with Emmett. Papa came over drunk and ate supper and I took him down to Everett's. Loam and the kids went to the "Roanoke" Theater. 

On Sunday, April 18, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Got up at 9:30 with a headache. Mary and I rolled the baby up to Loam's and stayed there for supper. Lew Goodman walked back with us. Firebaugh and Pinkard's flour mill caught fire. Very warm night. 

On Monday, April 19, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Voted on office hours change. Drew $3.00 from the bank for Mary and Skin. Shaved at night. Mary and her mother went over to Overstreet's. Wrote to Skin. Sent him $1.00. 

On Tuesday, April 20, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Got a letter from Mamma and answered it. Worked hard today all day writing. Talked to Jim Frazier, Steffey, Summerdahl. Ate supper at 7:30 p.m. John Maness came into the office to see Mr. Schick.

On Wednesday, April 21, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Fine weather. Mr. Schick went out on line. Sent clothes ( 9 cents) to Jake in Selma, Va. Mr. Raitt tied box up for me. Indexed and filed correspondence. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines. Mary and I went to "American" Theater at night. 

On Thursday, April 22, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool and damp. Payrolls came in. Walked to work with Bob Carlton. Called up at Steffey's. Mrs. Muire was at the house to see the baby. Talked to Percy Elliot until 6:35 p.m. at corner of Elk's home. Stayed in at night.      

So, obviously the flour mill fire mention caught my attention.  I wish we knew more about that.  I wonder where the mill was and what the fire fight was like? In this week from Bonnie there was lots of theater going and he really spread it around, going to the Paramount, the American and the Roanoke Theaters.  I also am not aware currently of an Elks home in Roanoke. I wonder where it used to be?  The one I am most familiar with is in Bedford.  Here in 2012, we have had a good weekend.  Rachel and Beth went shopping Friday night while Caleb and I ate wings and watched hockey.  Yesterday after a long day of house cleaning and errand running we as a family, played a card game called Phase 10 and had a blast.  Rainy day today and an okay day at church.  This afternoon we have mainly rested and watched TV.  Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Whole Lot of Letter Writin'

On Friday, April 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Norman is two months old today. Paid Mr. Howard $3.00 on insurance for Christine and Mamma. Finished indexing and filing correspondence. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines'. Got a letter from Mamma, Teeny and Skinny. 

On Saturday, April 10, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Wrote Skinny, Mamma, Teeny and Aunt Osie a letter. Took a bath and shaved. Stayed at home at night. Cloudy night with faint flashes of lightning. 

On Sunday, April 11, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:   Warm and Rain. Arose at 11 o'clock. Went to office. Went to church at night. Witnessed baptisingPapa and Fred Hurst came up home.  Papa was "full" and stayed for supper. Read letters from Mamma, Skin and Christine. Dark night and warm. 

On Monday, April 12, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy Day. Wrote up a large batch of mail.  Came home to supper and shaved. Wrote to Jake.  Mrs. Renner came up to see the baby. 

On Tuesday, April 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Ate Dinner with Mrs. Raines. Mr. Raitt went fishing. Mr. Schick went to Bluefield on #1. Took pictures of the baby and Mary and her Ma.  Went to see Auntie Airheart.  Mary and I went to "American" Theater at night. 

On Wednesday, April 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Mr. Schick left. I went to Dr. Huff's office. Mary met me at the office with the baby. Received a letter from Christine. Wrote a letter to Aunt Anna Smith, Huntington W.Va. Talked to Pearl Chapman. Bought Olive Oil. Shaved. 

On Thursday, April 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines'. Stayed until 9 o'clock and read the paper. Got one good picture of the baby. Feeling very badly. Heard from Skin and Christine.

Well, there certainly was a lot of letter writing going on while part of Bonnie's family was in Washington D.C. visiting Aunt Osie.  Other than some great weather like we have been having here in 2012 as well, there wasn't a whole lot else that stood out to me except for a curious purchase of some olive oil.  Here in 2012, this past week was spring break for our kids and we took a trip, the latter part of the week,  we went to East Tennessee for Rachel to visit Carson-Newman College.   CN is where Beth and I went to school and I think Rachel liked it but we shall see.  We also had a fun day at Dollywood. So, proud of the kids today at church.  It was youth Sunday and Caleb and Rachel did the special music.  Caleb played guitar and Rachel sang and it was great! 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Snow

On Friday, April 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold and Clear. Finished paying bills. Wrote a letter to Aunt Osie. Mary and I went to Gile's to select a baby carriage. Missed meeting on street. She came to the office. Mrs. Raines kept the baby for Mary. Mr. Rinehart was in the office. Got a shoeshine. Paid on paper. Paid on piano.

On Saturday, April 3, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Snow. This is our first Sat. afternoon off since Jany. 1st.  Mary and I went up street to Gas office, Cawley's, Drs. Burks and Saunders. Went to "American" Theater. Met Skin and Papa and Skin drove me out to Steffey's. Stayed up town until 9 p.m. and came home.  Gave Skin $1.00 for shoes and laundry.

On Sunday, April 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty and Cool. Arose 11:00 a.m. Shaved and went up to Loam's. Rolled baby in carriage for first time. Talked to Glady's and Vivian Foster and Mrs. Long and Hester. Papa was at Loam's. Spoke to Mag. Talked Mary Seymour and Ruth Moore and Skin brought the black cat home for Teeny. Took a bath. Mrs. Raines came up. Shaved. 

On Monday, April 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. Capt. Wingate and Mr. Noel died. Mr. Vail came into the office. Miss Labrea was over to see Norman. Jess Willard knocked out Jack Johnson at Havana, Cuba in 26th round. Decisive victory. Walked home with Papa. Blaine sent Mamma $17.00. Loam phoned me.

On Tuesday, April 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Mamma, Teeny and Skin left at midnight for Washington. Wrote up Ex. Accts., bills and estimates and Indexed mail. Went up to Loam's. Mary rolled the baby up to meet me. Marjorie Merchant walked a few blocks with us. Shaved. Went to station to tell Mamma good-bye.

On Wednesday, April 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warm and Windy. Deposited $5.00 in bank. Mary came by office after me with the baby and carriage. Wrote up "D.A.R." junk for Mrs. J.R. Schick.  Mr. Schick went away. Mary and I went to "American" at night. Wrote a letter to Skin. 

On Thursday, April 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Stayed off from work. Gave a man 50 cents at the door. Cut up wood. Went by Va. Life Ins. Co's. office and talked to Mr. B.A. Howard. Washed my head at night and shaved. Indexed my office correspondence.

The things that caught my attention this week were snow on the 3rd of April, and a boxing match that went 26 rounds, (unbelievable)Plus, two people Bonnie knew who died on the same day, his mother takes a trip to the nation's capital to see family, a new baby carriage and I laughed at the comment about "DAR" junk!  It was his boss' wife asking him to write that up so I guess he couldn't say no. Here in 2012 we went to Mom's last night for supper and Paul and Amy and family were there too.  We had a really good time hiding eggs, etc.  Got up at 5 am for Sunrise service at church for Easter and had a beautiful drive up to Peaks of Otter for breakfast.  Good crowd at church, lots of extended family members there.  We plan on resting this afternoon.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Last Saturday to work

On Friday, March 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy and damp. Got a letter from Aunt Osie. Talked to friend Sanderson at R.R. crossing. Read "Pictorial Review". Mary sewed the bow on my felt hat. Mr. Henry Luck came in office.

On Saturday, March 27, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Walter Ellett's baby and Mrs. Geo. Davies died. This is our last Saturday to work all day until Nov. 1st. Skin and Harry Talley came by in car for me and took a spin.  Mary and I went to picture show at "American". Took sponge bath.

On Sunday, March 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Lovely day. Arose 10 a.m. Shaved and went by 334 Dale. Went to see Mrs. Magann's baby. Went up home. Loam was there. Harry Talley came in. Helped Teeney with examples. Went home at 8:30 p.m. Also, met Sidney Raines this day at Mr. Raines'. Pretty, bright, monnlight night. 

On Monday, March 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Ate dinner with Mamma today. Things looked sad at home. Mamma dying clothes. Harry Talley there.  Maj. Sam Walton, contractor, died. Buried at his old home in Charlestown, W. Va. Nothing much doing today. 

On Tuesday, March 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy today. Feeling badly. Stayed off from work. Shaved. Went up at home at 5:30 p.m. - after work. Talked to Mary Hancock. Brought books and baby things home that Christine gave Norman. Jam. Houckel died. Pneumonia

On Wednesday, March 31, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Drew $1.00 from Bank to pay for hauling wood and coke from up home to our home. Mamma and Teeny went up to Loam's to stay until time to leave for Washington D.C. Hauled wood etc. home and did not go to work this afternoon. Mr. Schick at Mr. Houckel's.  

End of month note March 1915:  Mamma, Christine and Skin, packing up to go to Aunt Osie at Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, April 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Pay-Day. Paid some bills. Received a letter from Aunt Osie in regard to Mamma coming to her. Began my deposit of $1.00 per month for the baby.  Mary and I took dinner at her Mother's. Got a hair-cut and shaved. Talked to Papa and Harry Talley at P.O. Talked to Benj. Shepherd. 

I really like the Saturday, March 27 entry that Bonnie wrote.  It starts out sad with the mention of 2 deaths, 1 being a baby.  But then, It was the last Saturday to work all day until November. Bonnie got take a ride in a car and go out with Mary to a movie at the American Theater AND he took  a sponge bath!  We had a really good day at church today. Palm Sunday.  Mom went with us to church where we had breakfast and Easter Egg hunt for the children.  Big crowd at church today and a good spirit.  Caleb and I now watching race from Martinsville and getting ready to grill burgers.  Ahhhh, what a nice Spring day.